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Batik Technological Innovation to Propel Acceleration of the Development of Batik Industry Centers: Case Study in Lawean, Surakarta, Indonesia

 

Mahendra Wijaya*
Hery Sawiji
Edy Kurniadi
University of Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

*Corresponding author; email: mahendrawijaya_uns@yahoo.co.id

 


ABSTRACT

The objective of this research is to describe the technological transfer of batik painting design and dyeing, which is adjusted to the export demand. This research used the applied research method. It was conducted in two phases, namely: 1) basic research on the potentials of batik industry centers, and (2) the applied research on the batik technological innovation of export-oriented batik painting design and dyeing. The findings of the research show that the batik industry centers of Lawean have the potentials of export-oriented batik painting industry. The identification of batik painting industry need shows that so as to adjust to the shift of demand, taste, and interest of foreign customers toward painting batik, it is urgent to do innovation through participatory experiment, demo, and practice of the development of batik painting design and dyeing. The active and voluntary involvement and participation of batik painting business operators in the experiment, demo, and practice of the development of batik painting design and dyeing have resulted in positive effects, namely: a) the improvement of the quality of knowledge and technology of batik painting design and dyeing; b) the improvement of operational quality of production and product quality of painting batik, which is adjusted to the taste of the domestic and foreign customers.

Keywords: Innovation, design, dyeing, and batik painting